Although I am primarily fascinated by landscape, in Ireland I find that the connection between the land and the people has been so intimate that I rarely see landscape devoid of human impact.  Houses and walls seem to spring from the land and fences delineate the mountains as surely as they do the small fields.  Ireland, however, is changing.  The accompaniment to prosperity and economic opportunity seems to be a diminished connection to the land.  As a result I find myself increasingly draw to “old” Ireland.  The reason is not that it is cute, idyllic, or the trite subject of tourist art.  Rather, I think that there is a larger message that appeals to me – humanity as a part, only a part, of something bigger – the natural landscape.

-Tad Lawrence